Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Keeper of the Home!

Planning and Preparing a Real Food Thanksgiving Dinner

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Growing up, Thanksgiving dinner was a wonderful time with family and plenty of food. Yet many of the dishes served were made with processed food: Green bean casserole made with cream of mushroom soup and French friend onions, Pre-made rolls, Gravy from a jar, Canned sweet potatoes topped with brown sugar and marshmallows, Canned cranberry sauce, Pumpkin pie made with ready-made pie crusts and canned filling. My husband and I both love to cook real food, so a few years […]

Rustic Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

I suppose “rustic” is just a fancy way of saying that I make mashed potatoes with the skins on. Why keep the skins, you ask? Not only does it make the name sound fancier, it also makes for a more nutritious mashed potato. The skins house most of the nutrients in the humble potato, including: vitamin B6 vitamin C potatssium iron zinc phytonutrients fiber In fact, that fiber is especially helping for slowing down the quick carbohydrate burst that comes from starchy potatoes, making them […]

Save Some Money– Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals!

I know that many of you enjoy finding a good deal as much as I do, so I’ve compiled some excellent deals and coupon codes from around the web… Yes, this phenomenal Healthy Living eBook Bundle is coming back! For those who missed it the first time, in particular those who were dealing with power outages and other difficulties due to Hurricane Sandy, we’re bringing back this wildly popular sale. $300 of eBooks PLUS $60+ in natural bonuses… all for the steal price of $29! […]

No-Bake Pumpkin Seed Chewy Granola Bars

By Brandy, Contributing Writer I needed to come up with a new granola bar recipe that was both wheat-free AND rice free since my son is allergic to both.  And since I usually make my favorite granola bars with crispy brown rice cereal, I wondered what I could use that would be remotely close. On the cereal aisle, I explored my options.  The choices were slim, but one bag of cereal that I’d never tried before caught my eye. Puffed millet.  I decided to give […]

8 Ways to Enjoy Holiday Meals Without the Junk

By Kate, Contributing Writer Thanksgiving’s coming–really, really soon!  And after Thanksgiving we have an onslaught of holiday festivities that will last until we begin 2013.  What we find at these festivities, in whatever form they take is…food. Lots and lots of food. I imagine the average person who eats a Standard American Diet can expect to gain 5 to 10 pounds during this time of year.  Those who eat a traditional diet, especially those who are new to eating real food, may find this time […]

Making A Family Gratitude Journal {A Simple Thanksgiving Tradition}

By Courtney Dunkin, Contributing Writer Throughout history, many cultures have held celebrations of thanksgiving to recognize their gratitude for what they have. Most often, traditional thanksgiving celebrations have been held during harvest time in the fall. In the United States of America, our Thanksgiving has evolved into the start of the Christmas shopping season. You’ve probably heard jokes about how we give thanks for what we have and then race to the stores to buy more things the very next day. There is certainly some […]

31+ Fun & Frugal Thanksgiving Activities & Freebies for Kids

By Crystal Paine, Contributing Writer Looking for some inexpensive and simple Thanksgiving-related activities for your tots, preschoolers, or grade schoolers? I’ve culled the internet and put together a list of over 31 of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed activity ideas, plus a number of free downloads and printables. Enjoy! Fun & Frugal Activities Make Turkey Footprints or Turkey Spice Handprints. Play Turkey Color Bingo. Image from Frog Prince Paperie Stitch some Thanksgiving Turkey Finger Puppets. Create your own Pilgrim Hat. Sew turkeys from old socks and felt. […]